Internships at the Library of Congress

Posted on Nov 14, 2016

SONY DSCThe Library of Congress welcomes applications for its 2017-2018 internships in book, paper, and photograph conservation. The Library will accept one student in each specialty for the academic year to fulfill the final-year internship requirement of the U.S. conservation graduate schools.

The Library of Congress conservation lab is the largest in the country, with more than 20 book, paper, and photograph conservators and preservation specialists dedicated to the care of the Library’s enormous special collection holdings. Internship work is coordinated by a senior conservator in the student’s specialty, but throughout the year the intern works closely with the other conservators as well – including opportunities for cross-training with conservators in the other specialties and collaborating with the other interns. Recent past interns have named the wide range of experience, both in projects and in working with several different senior conservators, as the most cherished, exciting, and valuable aspect of their internship. Interns also have the opportunity to visit other area labs, give talks (at the Library or through the DC-based conservation interns group), and publish a favorite project online.

For more information and application instructions, please see:

Advanced Book Conservation Internship (

Advanced Paper Conservation Internship (

Advanced Photograph Conservation Internship (